Louvre Museum at night (Photo: AFP)
“For the first time in its history, and I think for the first time in the history of museums, more than ten million visitors visited the Louvre in 2018," Jean-Luc Martinez, President and CEO of the Louvre, said.
With 10.2 million visitors last year, the Louvre recorded a 25% increase compared to 2017 (8.1 million) and broke its own attendance record (9.7 million in 2012).
In 2017, the Louvre was followed by the National Museum of China with 8 million visitors, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (7.3 million).
2018 saw a significant rise in the number of foreign visitors, mostly from the United States, China, EU countries, especially Spain, Germany, Italy and the UK. and Brazil, representing almost three quarters of total visitor numbers.
The museum displays approximately 38,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century, exhibited over an area of 72,735 square metres.
The museum also showcases famous tableaux including the Mona Liza by Leonardo da Vinci along with many other statues and masterpieces.
According to the figures issued by the Regional Tourism Committee of Paris, the Louvre was the most visited feature in Paris, followed by the Eiffel Tower./.